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Saturday, June 04, 2016

Vanessa Benelli Mosell: [R]evolution – Karlheinz Stockhausen, Karol Beffa, Igor Stravinsky (Audio video & Download 96kHz/24bit)

[R]evolution celebrates the Decca debut for Italian pianist Vanessa Benelli Mosell and is a tribute to the music of the twentieth century.

This album includes 8 of the Klavierstücke by Karlheinz Stockhausen that Vanessa studied with the composer himself, together with one of the most famous masterworks of this century, Igor Stravinsky's Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka and a world premier recording of Karol Beffa's Suite pour Piano ou Clavecin.

Vanessa is a rising star on the international music scene, continuously praised for her virtuosity, technical brilliance and the sensitivity of her musical insight, which have been shaped significantly in mentorships with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Yuri Bashmet.


When was the last time you heard any Stockhausen? Since his death, at the end of 2007, the German avant-gardist's star has fallen in a reverse curve to that of his French comrade, Pierre Boulez. Hardly any Stockhausen is being recorded these days, and there are few concerts where the music can be heard. So an album by a young pianist who worked with the composer in his final years is a welcome opportunity to revisit a brave old world that has virtually vanished.

And it's not hard to see why. Karlheinz Stockhausen's 8 Klavierstücke (piano pieces), written between 1952 and 1961 as the composer was making his mark, are the kind of stuff that gave the avant-garde a bad name for random plinky-plonks and unprovoked violence. Vanessa Benelli Mosell makes the eight morsels sound reasonably structured and almost musical at times, but the grim austerity of Stockhausen's sound world simply cannot be dispelled and the ear is grateful for every silence it can grab.

The album's other works are more appealing, and winningly played. Karol Beffa's 2008 suite is designed for either piano or harpsichord; having heard it played on one, I now crave the other. And Igor Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka are hammered out with a reckless Russian brutalism, so much more feral than Stockhausen's car-crash. Mosell, 28, has put together a really clever programme. But all she reveals by juxtaposition is Stockhausen’s mechanical lack of a human touch.


Με το [R]evolution, το τέταρτο άλμπουμ της, η Vanessa Benelli Mosell πραγματοποίησε το ντεμπούτο της στην Decca το 2015. Στο [R]evolution η 30χρονη Ιταλίδα πιανίστρια ερμηνεύει 8 Klavierstücke του πρωτοποριακού Γερμανού συνθέτη Καρλχάιντς Στοκχάουζεν, με τον οποίο συνεργάστηκε στενά στη μελέτη του έργου του, τη Σουίτα για Πιάνο ή Τσέμπαλο του Γάλλου συνθέτη και πιανίστα Καρόλ Μπεφά, καθώς επίσης και τα Τρία Κομμάτια από τον Πετρούσκα, του Ιγκόρ Στραβίνσκι, ένα από τα δυσκολότερα έργα του εικοστού αιώνα.

Γεννημένη στις 15 Νοεμβρίου του 1987 στην πόλη Πράτο στην Τοσκάνη της Ιταλίας, η Vanessa Benelli Mosell είναι ένα ανερχόμενο αστέρι στη διεθνή μουσική σκηνή. Ο διάσημος Γάλος πιανίστας Pascal Rogé, δίπλα στον οποίον έκανε την πρώτη εμφάνισή της σε ηλικία έντεκα ετών, την έχει περιγράψει ως «το πιο φυσικό μουσικό ταλέντο που έχω γνωρίσει στη ζωή μου». 

Η Vanessa Benelli Mosell έχει συνεργαστεί με διάσημους σολίστες και μαέστρους, έχει συμπράξει με σπουδαίες ορχήστρες και έχει εμφανιστεί στις μεγαλύτερες αίθουσες συναυλιών στον κόσμο.

Vanessa Benelli Mosell: [R]evolution

Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007)

♪ 8 Klavierstücke (1953-1954)

i. Klavierstück I
ii. Klavierstück II
iii. Klavierstück III
iv. Klavierstück IV
v. Klavierstück V
vi. Klavierstück VII
vii. Klavierstück VIII
viii. Klavierstück IX

Karol Beffa (b. 1973)

♪ Suite pour Piano ou Clavecin (2008)

i. La volubile
ii. La ténébreuse
iii. La déjantée

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

♪ Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka (1921)

i. Danse Russe
ii. Chez Petrouchka
iii. La semaine grasse

Vanessa Benelli Mosell, piano

Decca 2015

(HD 1080p – Audio video)

First publication: June 4, 2016 – Last update: November 17, 2017

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Vanessa Benelli Mosell is a rising star on the international music scene. She is continuously praised for her virtuosity, her technical brilliance and the sensitivity of her musical insight, which have been shaped significantly in mentorships with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Yuri Bashmet.

Vanessa is acclaimed for her passion, in equal measure, for the great classics of the repertory and her championing of the newest composers. She has received universal praise for her recordings of Stockhausen for DECCA and for her orchestral debut of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra which is being released in 2017. Recent and future highlights include her debut at La Scala Milan at the MiTo Festival; a Stockhausen Marathon; recitals at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; a portrait in Ireland with concerti by Rachmaninov and George Benjamin at Dublin National Hall, recitals with violinist Vadim Repin, and her debut at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre performing Nino Rota with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Vanessa Benelli Mosell began playing the piano at the age of three and started her comprehensive musical studies when she was exceptionally admitted at the International Piano Academy in Imola at seven years old, where she studied with Franco Scala. She gave her New York debut appearance at eleven years old with pianist Pascal Rogé, who described her as "the most natural musical talent I have encountered in my entire life". In 2007 she was invited to the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to study with Mikhail Voskresensky. Vanessa entered the Royal College of Music in London in 2007, where she graduated in 2012 studying with Dmitri Alexeev, generously supported by the Russell Gander Award. Vanessa was awarded the Elba Festival Prize by Yuri Bashmet, and more recently she has won the first Award of the Festival Pietrasanta as an outstanding young talent.  She has been supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust and in 2016 was appointed as a Steinway Artist.

Vanessa Benelli Mosell is internationally renowned for her performances of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Klavierstücke. Following her recording of Klavierstücke I-IV, she was invited by the composer to study under him, as he believed that she "has the power to let people appreciate my music". Vanessa worked closely with the composer and he remains an important influence on Vanessa's music making, encouraging her passion for contemporary music and her championing of composers of today as well as the great classics.

She has worked with orchestras such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Münchner Symphoniker, Berliner Symphoniker, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. She has performed often with the Moscow Soloists, with whom she replaced Martha Argerich in 2012. In the same year, Vanessa gave her debut at London's Wigmore Hall.

She is already well travelled with tours to the North and South America, Europe, China, Israel, Russia and Turkey, as well as playing recitals at Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, the Glinka Festival, Ravello Festival, Turin's Teatro Regio, Berliner Philharmonie, Auditorium Manzoni in Bologna, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, Festival Radio France et Montpellier, Palau de la Musica in Valencia and Barcelona, Tonhalle Zurich, Auditorium du Louvre, Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, Haifa Auditorium, UNESCO Auditorium, London's Kings Place and also master classes at the Rostov Conservatory.

2015/2016 saw her touring Spain, making debuts at Madrid Auditorio Nacional, Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Auditorio de Saragoza, returning to give the Spanish premiere of Enrique Granados' Piano Concerto at Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. In 2016/2017 Vanessa had an acclaimed sold-out debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milano and at Teatro Regio in Turin with Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino conducted by Diego Matheuz for the MiTo Festival. Last season also saw her first performing a "Stockhausen Marathon", a cycle of Stockhausen's Klavierstücke, for the Sagra Musicale Malatestiana in Rimini.

She furthermore collaborates in chamber music with partners as Massimo Quarta, Daishin Kashimoto, Radovan Vlatkovich, Julian Rachlin, Boris Andrianov, Renaud and Gautier Capucon, Michael Guttman, Alain Meunier, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Chaushian, Henri Demarquette, Alexander Buzlov and Tatiana Vassilieva.

Vanessa's debut recording of 2011, "Introducing Vanessa Benelli Mosell, Virtuoso Piano Music", features music by Prokofiev, Haydn, Scriabin and Liszt and received great international praise for her "extraordinary artistic talent" and "sparkling technique in demanding music” (Gramophone Magazine). Her debut recording was quickly followed up in September 2012 by her second, equally acclaimed "Liszt Recital".

In spring 2015, Vanessa made her debut album on DECCA CLASSICS label with "[R]Evolution", a juxtaposition of Stockhausen and Stravinsky. Vanessa followed this in 2016 with a further disc in her Stockhausen series, "LIGHT", with the Klavierstück XII and Scriabin Preludes. Also, in 2017, Vanessa released her debut concerto CD for DECCA with Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kirill Karabits.

Source: (2017)

All photos are by Roberto Masotti

See also

Francesco Tristano: Piano Circle Songs – Francesco Tristano, Chilly Gonzales (Download 96kHz/24bit & 44.1kHz/16bit)

Benjamin Britten & Samuel Barber: Piano Concertos – Elizabeth Joy Roe, London Symphony Orchestra, Emil Tabakov (Audio video & Download 96kHz/24bit)

John Field: Complete Nocturnes – Elizabeth Joy Roe (Audio video)

Conrad Tao: Voyages – Meredith Monk, Sergei Rachmaninov, Maurice Ravel, Conrad Tao (Download)

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